The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

28th May, 2017



Pentecost Novena


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

An important clarification

As many of you would have seen, various comments were attributed to me in two articles in the Weekend Australian of 6/7 May (one on page 8, leading into the other in the Weekend Magazine). I was approached some time ago and gave an interview in good faith. Unfortunately, in certain respects the articles do not give an accurate or adequate representation of my views, mainly because certain comments have been used selectively and taken out of context.

I have never denied or minimised the reality or horror of child sexual abuse, wherever it has occurred. Because of all that the Catholic Church is and proclaims, such abuse is even more reprehensible when any of her members, especially one in Holy Orders, commits it. For all of my adult life as a layman and then a priest I have opposed a culture of concealment, and done my best to assist those victims of abuse who have made themselves known to me. I believe that all that the law provides – canonical, civil and criminal – should be available and followed by all concerned. However, it is of great concern to me that some of those who claim to be acting in the interests of victims, or with the noble aim of preventing future abuse, have another agenda that would obscure or undermine the essential nature of the Church as established by Christ, and which could also endanger the rights of accused persons, or even classes of persons, which rights have long been recognised and protected by existing legal systems. We abandon or derogate from the received wisdom of existing law, at our peril.

Finally, I wish to reiterate that any coherent and authentic approach to the prevention of future abuse must be based on the unequivocal affirmation of the Church’s traditional moral teaching, including that concerning human sexuality.

I do not intend, for the time being, to offer any further public comment on these issues.

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest


From the Parish Priest's Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we take up our fight to defeat the Andrews government’s plan to legalise euthanasia in Victoria, I commend to you Cardinal Muller’s recent talk on this topic, which is continued below.

Protecting the Least of Among Us: The Enduring Universal Wisdom of the Church on Euthanasia

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest


Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Pentecost. We should prepare for this great feast by praying the Pentecost Novena (copies are in the vestibule and on line). To open the feast, we will celebrate Solemn First Vespers (with Benediction) at 5.30 pm this Saturday. Although this will also be part of the Newman Fellowship, all are welcome to attend Vespers and Benediction. Pentecost also has its own Octave, with a beautiful Mass each day – a further opportunity to pray not only for ourselves, but for all the needs of the Church at this time.

Easter Duty: all who have made their first Confession and Holy Communion, are obliged worthily to receive Holy Communion at least once a year, between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday (11th June).

Euthanasia – how can we oppose it? Eve Woolven has kindly volunteered to coordinate our efforts in the Parish to oppose the efforts of the Andrews government to introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide. Our efforts will include letter writing and other campaigns. Eve may be reached at Next Sunday, 4th June, following Solemn Mass, there will be a letter writing session held in the school (free standing classroom) for anyone who wishes to attend. I also commend to you the pamphlet “When Life is Ending”, by Dr Caroline Ong (copies available in the vestibule).

Legion of Mary: those interested in being part of a Newman Parish Praesidium of the Legion, are invited to attended a presentation at Maryvale commencing at 11.15 am this Saturday, 3rd June, after 10 am Mass and First Saturday devotions. The Parish Praesidium will be established at this meeting. Please direct any inquiries to Lili Morgan:, or 0478 667 136. Thanks to the Legion, we will be privileged to have the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima visit the Parish, from 19th – 25th August.

Wolff organ restoration appeal – update: appeal chairman Bill Rimmer will speak briefly today after the 10.30am and 5.00pm Masses, to inform the Parish of progress with the Wolff organ restoration works and the appeal. The organ is an important element in our celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. Your generosity so far means well over half the required funds is in hand. $45,000 more is required before September. As 30th June approaches, now is the time to make a tax-deductible donation. You can use the appeal brochure available at the back of the Church or the Parish website.

This Friday (2nd June) is the First Friday of the month: please commit to a period of Eucharistic adoration on Friday evening, 2nd June. You are invited to sign up on line here . If possible, let us receive Holy Communion that day in a spirit of Reparation for the sins committed against the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. TSaturday 3rd June is the First Saturday. The Rosary will be prayed during Exposition after 10am Mass, and we will conclude with Benediction. The other requirements for the First Saturday devotion are to make a good confession (within a week before or after the First Saturday), to receive Holy Communion in a spirit of Reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and (in addition to praying five decades of the Rosary) to meditate on one of more of the mysteries of the Rosary for at least 15 minutes.

Newman Fellowship – Saturday, 3rd June: the Newman Fellowship for young adults will meet this Saturday, 3rd June. Confessions will be heard from 3.30 pm in the Church, and tea and coffee will be available in Maryvale from the same time. The meeting commences at 4 pm. We will conclude our discussion on the Papacy, with particular reference to the teaching of the first Vatican Council. We will conclude with Vespers and Benediction, followed by Supper.

Parish Registration: because the Newman Parish is a personal, non-territorial Parish in canon law, it is necessary to register to become a Parishioner. Those who have begun to attend our Masses more recently, as well as more longstanding congregants, are invited and encouraged to register as Parishioners if they have not already done so. This can be done on line via our website, or using the forms available in the vestibule.

For your diary: the Parish dinner dance will be on Saturday evening, 26th August. Tickets will go on sale early in July.

Peter Elliston – Prayer request: Peter Elliston requests our prayers for the success of his surgery, now scheduled for tomorrow, 29th May.